Category Archives: My Comics
Hey everybody! Just a little social media update for anybody interested. Since I started this blog and first joined Twitter all those years ago, I have used the handle @hench_4_hire. I didn’t understand Twitter at the time. Those underscores are pretty gnarly. But the full “Henchman4Hire” name was already taken by some yahoo who wasn’t using it, so silly old me went with that mouthful of a backup.
I stink at Twitter. But it’s a pretty important social media in this day and age, so I’m going to try again. I will still use @hench_4_hire to post blog-related stuff on Twitter. But to post about my burgeoning career as a comic book writer, along with personal anecdotes, I’m going to use a new handle.
Follow me @seanianmills
Or don’t. I’m a blog writer, not a cop.
I’m not claiming it’s going to be the hottest handle on Twitter or anything. But I’ve never liked @hench_4_hire, and I’m a terrible procrastinator, so it’s taken me this long to finally put my foot down and make some positive changes!
Follow me this weekend for my trip to New York City for Flame Con! Should be a fun adventure!
I write comics. That is pretty fun to say. I write this blog, too, but mostly I want to write comic books for a living. I’m not alone in that regard, obviously. There’s a ton of hard-working people out there pushing for this goal with a lot more to show for their efforts. But I’m trying. I’m getting there. For example, my first graphic novel — Gamer Girl & Vixen: Flirty Money — is available now! How’s that for a first effort? I’m excited!
Well I’m not going to rest on that one accomplishment! I’ve got more ideas cooking, and I’m going to share more about one of them today.
Meet the cast of Forever Blue!
Forever Blue is a Firefly meets Power Rangers story about a crew of rainbow-colored cosmic superheroes who failed to save the galaxy. Now it’s 9 years later and one of them, the Blue Foreverteer, is captaining her own smuggling/mercenary crew. She is hired by the team’s former Big Bad to track down her old friends and teammates, kicking off the story.
I’m still working on all the big, flashy marketing stuff, so my premise/tagline isn’t too snappy and energetic yet.
But anyway, this is the first full drawing of some of the main characters. The art is by Gemma Moody, the same artist behind Gamer Girl & Vixen. I like her style and her design skills, so I’ve got her on board working up a lot of character and hopefully spaceship designs for Forever Blue. I also believe she’s taking art commissions, so if you like her style, get in touch!
As for the cast:
The first two characters on the left are Tameron Dackard, the former Forever Blue, and Roth Rivas, the former Forever Red. The rest of the Foreverteers haven’t been designed yet, because they don’t factor into the story until later.
Then we’ve got the present day crew of Dackard’s ship, the Nevermore: Charlotte “Charlie” Somas, the fighter; Pryce Michon, the pilot; Kalina Fall, the medic; and Mungo Ragonese, the mechanic.
The Nevermore is also still in the design stages. Or maybe I’ll just call it “Nevermore”, like Serenity. Haven’t decided yet. I’ve asked Gemma to design something as iconic as a cross between the Millennium Falcon and Serenity, so no trouble there, right?
Anyway, this is a project I’m having a lot of fun working on, even if it’s slow going. Gemma is standing by to help me keep designing story elements, whenever I can afford her. And I hope to have a couple mini-comics done by the end of the year. I’ll share all of that on this blog when I can.
If you’re interested in reading more about Forever Blue, I twice submitted the opening script to the first full issue to The Proving Grounds on ComixTribe.com some months back. You can check out my two entries here and here.
That’s it for now. I’m just excited to share another project I’m working on! And I hope to have more to share soon!
Great news, everybody! My graphic novel, Gamer Girl & Vixen, is now available to order! After a year of raising money, writing the story, dazzling at the artwork, getting it printed and fulfilling all of our Kickstarter obligations, the first volume of my own, self-published comic is here!
And it’s gorgeous!
I could not be more thrilled with how this turned out. The art is spectacular! It’s colorful and crisp in all the right ways. And I’m still in love with the writing. I love this comic! I am so excited for it!
For those who don’t know, Gamer Girl & Vixen is my first original comic book. It’s written by myself and my writing partner Kristi McDowell, with art by Gemma Moody and lettering by Taylor Esposito.
It’s about two super-villains who meet cute on the rooftops of New York and use their powers to rob celebrities! It’s a fun new LGBTQ love story in a pop culture landscape that is severely lacking in those!
Through two separate Kickstarter campaigns over the past three years, we raised enough money to make a full, 100-page graphic novel. And it’s beautiful. We found a really great printer and the comic looks and feels like a real graphic novel! This isn’t some cheaply printed paperback. This comic will look damn good on your graphic novel shelf!
So head on over to our online store to order your own copy!
And if you want to get a preview before you buy, we offer that as well!
Earlier this month, I attended my first ever comic book convention with my own series, Gamer Girl & Vixen, and I had a blast! The convention was held in the public library in Haverhill, Massachusetts, the hometown of my pal and co-writer Kristi McDowell. This was Kristi’s second convention with GG&V, and our first time teaming up to have an actual table.
Here we are decked out in geeky gear and comic book merchandise!
I had a great time behind the table, meeting fans and trying to sell them on our comic. We sold a couple issues, gave away some postcards, signed a few people up for our newsletter. It was a lot of fun meeting and talking to people about the comic, telling them what it’s about and answering their questions. We had some fans who’d already heard of us, because Kristi’s local comic book shop in Haverhill is selling Gamer Girl & Vixen on the shelves. And we had a lot of people who just discovered us that day.
I think the most memorable encounter I had was a young girl with half her face painted like Venom (complete with teeth and tongue!). She specifically stopped her father walking past so that she could come over and flip through our comic. She left with a postcard. That was pretty darn cool. And there were adults who were interested, kids who just liked the pretty colors, and at least one super fan who kept coming back to talk to Kristi (and one guy who kept coming back pleading about not having any money to buy anything…).
Seeing as how the convention was held in a library, there were a lot of kids, and it was really cool to see them check out our comic. Granted, there are some swear words in our book, but I’m totally cool selling that sort of thing to kids. They’ll be fine. I like to give kids a lot of credit when it comes to stories.
I had a great time and a lot of fun. We plan to be at a few smaller conventions throughout the year, and visit a few big ones in the Northeast. Those big ones are a little too expensive for us now, but next year we plan to hit them and hit them hard with our new Gamer Girl & Vixen graphic novel! So stay tuned for more news!
I am very excited to announce that the Gamer Girl & Vixen graphic novel is fully funded as of this morning! It was another hard-fought campaign, but in the end, thanks to fans like you henchies, we blew past our fundraising goal and raised more than $11,000 on Kickstarter! I get to make more comics!
I want to thank everyone who ordered my comic and has been supportive over the years as I plug away at this blog. If this experience has taught me anything, it’s that it’s never too late to follow your dreams. They can be achieved, you’ve just got to get out there and do it. I wish I’d started writing comics years ago. But this is good enough for now. I can’t wait to share our hardwork with everyone. So stay tuned, more Gamer Girl & Vixen news is on the way! For now, I enjoy a well-earned victory!